A Bride’s Story, vol. 5

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The series A Bride’s Story represents “life on the nineteenth-century Silk Road,” according to the publisher’s blurb. The reader travels with an English researcher, Henry Smith, a bespectacled nice guy who asks awkward questions and takes copious notes in his journals. This allows…

The Undertaking of Lily Chen

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The title of The Undertaking of Lily Chen has a double meaning, just as the mountain peaks and valleys on the cover of the book represent the landscape while forming a trompe l’oeil skull. The first meaning is entirely dark…

Mystic: The Tenth Apprentice

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Mystic: The Tenth Apprentice spins a familiar-yet-compelling story of orphans, prophecies, and magic. Neither its plot points nor its steampunk setting break new ground, but the customary pieces are assembled skillfully. Mystic breaks away from the pack of similar tales by the strength…